Everything from a single source: Minebea Intec at Anuga FoodTec
Anuga FoodTec is one of the largest international trade fairs for the food industry: Minebea Intec is using this stage to present its greatly expanded portfolio of weighing and inspection solutions. Particularly in the spotlight are two new product categories that interested parties can take a closer look at at the trade fair stand.
After a two-year break, the time has come again - Anuga FoodTec opens its doors again at the Cologne Exhibition Centre. An opportunity for exchange that visitors greatly appreciate, as recent surveys prove. This year, the organisers are expecting around 50,000 visitors from over 155 countries. Over 1,600 exhibitors will present innovative solutions to ensure quality and efficiency in food production on an area of 150,000m².
On its stand in Hall 5.2 Aisle B No. 068, Minebea Intec will not only be showing established and reliable products such as checkweighers and solutions for foreign object detection: true to the motto of the trade fair "One for all. All in one", the company headquartered in Hamburg proves that it can offer everything from a single source for almost any weighing and inspection application thanks to its broad portfolio.
"At Anuga FoodTec, we offer stand visitors the best of both worlds". Says Willy-Sebastian Metzger, Director Strategy, Business Development & Marketing, "On the one hand, we will of course be showing our established products such as the Flexus checkweighers, Vistus metal detectors, Dylight X-ray inspection solution and also classic industrial scales from the Signurm series. But beyond that, for the first time in Germany, visitors now have the chance to take a look at innovative inspection solutions that expand our portfolio to include new product categories."
New price labellers close enough to touch
Recently, the two price labelling systems WPL-S and WPL-A were added to the range. While the WPL-S is aimed at customers with static weighing and manual labelling, the automatic WPL-A version, which will also be on show at Anuga FoodTec, is intended for companies with a production throughput of up to 125 pieces per minute.
Vision systems for automated visual inspection
The portfolio of Minebea Intec inspection products is complemented by a range of vision systems that are optimally suited for the inspection of products and packaging, thus ensuring the best possible product quality in the food industry. With these products, Minebea Intec expands its portfolio with optical inspection systems that can be used for many different applications: Seal seam inspection, label and graphic inspection, overprint inspection as well as barcode inspection can be performed by the vision systems even at high speeds. All vision systems score with reliable image inspection and with an intuitively understandable user interface as well as intelligent data utilisation for optimising processes. Their compact dimensions facilitate integration into existing production lines.
"With the new vision systems, we offer our customers an optimal addition to our existing range of inspection solutions. At Anuga FoodTec, customers can get a first impression of the product range with the VisioPointer. This easy-to-integrate plug-and-play solution offers a highly reliable inspection solution that encompasses the majority of visual inspection applications in a single machine with software and user interface," says Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Vollborn, Product Manager Inspection & Digital Services, who also points to another highlight on the Minebea Intec stand.
New interface standard OPC UA
"We have also made progress in the area of software. In the area of industrial scales Combics, Signum, Midrics and IS Platform, we have developed miOPC, a new tool for machine communication in the industrial automation environment. With the new server solution, companies can take the next step in standardisation," Vollborn reports. miOPC complies with the interface standard according to the OPC UA Compendium Specification for Weighing Technology. This was created by leading weighing manufacturers in cooperation with the VDMA and ISW Stuttgart and is considered the new standard in weighing communication technology.“
For inspection systems such as checkweighers, metal detectors and X-ray inspection systems, Minebea Intec already has a solution that enables data communication in either the old OPC-DA or the new platform-independent OPC-UA standard.
The company will also present other important software products, such as SPC@Enterprise for statistical process control, or ProRecipe XT as a recipe solution. The software solutions help to master the most diverse challenges, such as automation, analysis or documentation in production plants.
With this broad and expanded range, Minebea Intec is taking a further step at Anuga FoodTec towards becoming a complete supplier of weighing and inspection solutions, offering food manufacturers "everything from a single source".
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